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Published March 23rd 2015
We recently decided on a two night stay at the Victor Harbor Caravan and Cabin park for a getaway close to home. There are two parks in Victor Harbor and this one is approx 1.5km out of the township centre and is not beachfront.
I booked this place on recommendation of someone else who had stayed there. The decor was pretty basic, which I suppose is what you would expect for a cheap unit at $115 a night, and it is within easy flat walking distance to the town centre.
The park itself also has a pretty good new playground as well as a pool and a big inflatable pillow which both my son and other half loved bouncing around on. The pool was pretty cold though even though the day was reasonably warm and so they didn't last long in that!
Adjacent to the office is a games room with daytona type games and a pool table, however, the room is pretty small, so only 3 or 4 people in there would fill it up. Little pedal carts are also available for hire for the older kids.
There were a few downsides and I have listed them below:
It says on the website that linen is included. This is only for the double bed which we were unaware of until we started unpacking the sofa bed for our son to sleep on, only to realise there were no pillows, sheets, blankets etc for him.We ended up squeezing him in the double bed with us (office was closed by the time we realised this) however it was not a comfortable night! The next day we did manage to get some bedding given to us for free for the misunderstanding, however, it normally has to be hired if you do not bring your own.
The door did not lock properly and the handle is quite low and was not safe if you have children that need to be contained inside, as they could easily reach to let themselves out. This was another reason we chose to sleep on the sofa bed the second night so he could be safer in the bedroom rather than potentially going out in the night or having someone enter the lounge room. We also chose to store our valuables in the car while we were away.
There were European wasps around the playground meaning we had to be very careful and continuously getting our son on and off the equipment as they came and went around his head.
It also says it has free Wifi, however you must head to the office to get the password rather that it being provided to you in your handbook. Not a major problem but we found ourselves being tourists out and about in the office hours so we didn't get a chance to get it. Clearly a first world problem.
The units are non smoking units, however, people can still smoke out on the shared front verandah, so it tends to drift into the rooms. As a non smoker with a baby I really didn't appreciate this.
All in all it wasn't a bad place to stay, but next time I think I will test out the beachfront one so that our eldest can get out there for a play if we don't want to venture too far. The accommodation looked a bit nicer too.